Dodger Stadium has not been a happy place, historically speaking, for slugger Matt Holliday. But he felt some joy Tuesday night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, turning around a fastball by right-hander Ricky Nolasco and hitting a long two-run home run to left field to give the St. Louis Cardinals a three-run lead in the top of the third inning.
They won 4-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, which they can close out Wednesday afternoon.
Daniel Descalso led off the third with a single and, after a bunt by pitcher Lance Lynn moved him to second, Matt Carpenter brought him home with an RBI double. With two outs, Holliday got clutch and neatly hit a pickup truck parked beyond the left-field grandstand. Or it seemed like it. Holliday had been hitless in 12 at-bats during the NLCS so far, and was 0 for his past 22 at Chavez Ravine until finding playoff gold.
The Cardinals lead 3-2 in the fifth after the Dodgers respond against Lynn. St. Louis is trying to go up 3-1 in the best-of-seven set.
Dodger Stadium also was the site of, perhaps, Holliday's most infamous personal moment:
Does one ever get over taking a fly ball to the groin? Maybe not, but let the healing begin for Matt Holliday.
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